Covid panel calls for fighting pandemic collectively

CHRONICLE BUREAU
IMPHAL, 4th Aug: The Joint Committee for Public Awareness on COVID-19 which was formed under the initiative of chief minister has claimed that the committee has been effectively taking part in various aspects so as to help in containing the contagion.
Since its formation on May 26, the committee has been relentlessly working as frontline warriors visiting various highly sensitive and vulnerable hotspots.
The priority of the committee is to reach out to the public specially those ill-informed and over panic people, communities, towns and villages which could create misunderstanding between communities and disruption in activities of the government.
In the first phase starting from May 29, the committee reached out to villages inhabiting along Imphal-Jiribam and Imphal-Mao road and discussed with leaders of village authorities and Covid volunteers on fighting the pandemic effectively. The committee then submitted report of the first phase to the government and reviewed its activities with the chief minister on July 28.
In the second phase, the committee visited several quarantine centres, both institutional and community, and resolved problems and inconveniences faced by inmates who returned from outside by sending emergency teams.
Deeply concerned over the present stage of Covid pandemic in the state, the committee said that the pandemic has reached initial stage of community transmission and strongly called for fighting the pandemic effectively with mutual understanding and active cooperation.
The committee also brought out certain issues/challenges relating to the fight against Covid pandemic which need collective understanding and resolving effectively so that the pandemic could be contained in the state.
While calling for honourable performance of last rites of Covid victims, the committee suggested that incineration of dead body is the best option and many health experts favour this option at present.
Terming lack of medical facilities for non-Covid patients at both government and private hospitals as biggest challenge for the people of the state amidst the pandemic, the committee vowed to solve the matter.


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